Thursday, May 31, 2007

On the record, part II

I had my first speaking part in court today. I accepted a diversion agreement for the state which meant that I had to announce my appearance, "May it please the court, the state is represented by legal intern Earl Richardson . . . ." A little later, I was prepared to state the factual basis for a defendant's plea. If he pleads guilty, his lawyer gives the factual basis, which is essentially a recitation of the facts fulfilling the elements of the crime charged. If he pleads no-contest, I give the factual basis. I spent some time yesterday going over affidavits and case file and writing the factual basis. Well, as luck would have it, he pled guilty, so I had to listen to make sure his attorney covered all the elements. He forgot one element, which I had to pipe up and add in. All in all, an inauspicious start, but a start. Next week I might get to do a probation revocation hearing. That should be interesting.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

On the record

So, at 8:46 am this morning, assistant DA Kathryn Marsh said, "The State is represented by Kathryn Marsh and Earl Richardson." I didn't do anything but sit there, hand her case files and try to look lawyerly. She hopes to have me doing lawyer things in court by Thursday. Maybe a probation hearing or a plea. It should be interesting.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Winds of change

The past 10 days have been a whirlwind of rites-of-passage experiences for our family. In that span, Mallory was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, received highest distinction from the University of Kansas, and got married. All of this before she heads off to medical school this summer. Her younger sister Kelsey graduated from high school yesterday. She heads off to college in August. But we won't be empty nesters just yet. One of my law school classmates, who just happens to be my oldest daughter Aimee, is moving back home for her final year of law school. Consequently, I awoke this morning dizzy and exhausted. Tomorrow, I begin an internship with the Douglas County District Attorney. Life is much different now than this time last year. Who woulda thunk it?

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